Lifeboat ladies battle the elements

The Arboath Ladies' Lifeboat Guild had a successful time at the Sea Fest at the weekend.
The Arboath Ladies' Lifeboat Guild had a successful time at the Sea Fest at the weekend.

A little uncooperative weather was not enough to deter the intrepid volunteers of the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild who raised just over £2,000 at this year’s Sea Fest.

On Saturday the sun shone brightly and brought with it crowds of visitors to the Arbroath Sea Fest and in particular to the area around he Arbroath Lifeboat Shed, where the ladies had set up camp for the two days of the maritime festival.

Treasurer Ann Watt and her helpers ran the tombola, lucky dip and book stalls and the winner of the remote controlled Lifeboat was Ros Marr, from Dundee, and the winning Lifeboat Station was Port Erin.

A guild spokesperson said: “Thank you to all those people who had a go, but congratulations to Ros. Despite the wind and rain on Sunday they managed to keep up a cheery atmosphere and had a very successful few days of trading.”

In the shed the ladies were busy producing hundreds of their famous cream teas. None were turned away and everybody enjoyed a delicious hot drink and homebaked scone served up with a good dose of friendly banter.

The RNLI Shop was fully restocked by manager Mary Gerrard and did a roaring trade in seasonal gifts and cards.

Guild president Barbara Cargill said: “In all it was a very worth while and enjoyable few days. Thank you to the many volunteers who gave up their time to help over the weekend. Also, a big thanks to the crew members who assisted with the heavy work of erecting the gazebos and wind breaks during the heavy squalls on the Sunday.

“The final total collected was £2,073.54 which was made of £1,520.54 from the efforts of the Ladies’ Guild and £553 from the crew’s hot dog stand. A final thank you must go to all the visitors who helped to make this a really special Sea Fest for the Arbroath RNLI.”